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30 Mind-Blowing Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The Famous Florida Georgia Line

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Florida Georgia Line, an American pop music duo consisting of vocalists Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, is considered to be one of the most successful pop music acts of the 2010s. Here are 30 interesting facts about the musicians:

  1. The duo's 2012 single "Cruise" is the only country song to ever receive the Diamond certification with over 10 million copies sold.
  2. Jason Aldean once happened to stumble upon their song "Black Tears" from their first EP "Anything Like Me," and recorded it on his 2012 album, "Night Train," which debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200.
  3. "Here's to the Good Times," the duo's first studio album, landed on Billboard's Top 200, peaking at #7 and #2 on the Album and Country charts, respectively.
  4. Both Kelley as well as Hubbard became interested in music through church worship services.
  5. Kelly and Hubbard are spokesmen for the Outnumber Hunger campaign, which brings meals to those in need. The duo claim that their faith-based upbringings is the reason behind their values in their public and personal lives.
  6. They recorded and distributed their first EP - "Anything Like Me," digitally in the year 2010, as independent. Their work was discovered by Nickelback producer Joey Moi, who joined them in entering the studio together.
  7. During the first meeting of Kelly and Hubbard, the latter was reportedly blowing diesel smoke while listening to Lil Wayne. Seeing this, Kelly felt that's how he grew up and immediately felt a musical connection with Hubbard.
  8. They are often considered as one of the frontrunners of the mixed genres in country music, and they even label themselves as Bro-Country. The duo acknowledge their influences to be rap and hip-hop and have also included rap style in their country songs. The term "bro-country" was used for the first time in 2013 by Jody Rosen of New York Magazine in describing "Cruise."
  9. Kelly owns an epic country home. He added a modern-day tree-house to his Nashville property. It's a two story tree-house in his backyard, complete with round bed, recording studio and balcony. He even appeared on Animal Planet's Treehouse Masters in 2014.
  10. Their single "Cruise," sat at #1 on the Hot Country Songs Chart for over 24 weeks, making it the longest reign on the chart since 1944. It became the fourth-selling song of 2013 with 4,691,000 downloads sold for the year.
  11. With the success of "Cruise," the Florida Georigia Line, set sail in November 2014 on the Norwegian Cruise Line's The Norwegian Pearl for the four-day music-themed cruise, "This Is How We Cruise."
  12. On December 16, 2013, Kelly married Brittney Marie Cole, whom he dated for seven months. During the FGL tours, he takes Birttney with him in a separate touring bus.
  13. Their 2012 single "Cruise" from their extended play "It'z Just What We Do," is the best-selling digital country song of all time in the United States, as of January 2014.
  14. Hubbard lost his father in a helicopter crash on the family's property in early 2007. It was reported that Hubbard watched the entire accident as it unfolded. He was ready to leave his career and move back home, but his mother refused his assistance and insisted him to pursue his career.
  15. The duo released their third album "Dig Your Roots" on August 29, 2016, featuring Tim McGraw, Ziggy Marley, and the Backstreet Boys. FGL is currently on their "Dig Your Roots" tour, with Ryan Follese, Chris Lane, and Dustin Lynch.
  16. It was with their song "Cruise" airing on satellite radio on "The Highway" channel, that the duo received the much needed recognition and was led to a deal with Republic Nashville/Big Machine Label Group.
  17. The name Florida Georgia Line originated from the fact that Kelly is from Florida and Hubbard is from Georgia, as a representation of their native states.
  18. Hubbard, during his childhood, spent most of his time on dirt bikes and even now, he used to spend his day off riding dirt bikes. In February 2014, the singer sustained a back injury in a dirt bike accident, when he came up short on a jump. Due to this, FGL cancelled a planned performance at the 2014 Country Radio Seminar.
  19. The most popular song "Cruise" reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard Country Airplay chart on its 19th week, which makes it the fastest climb to the top of the chart for a debut single since Heartland's "I Loved Her First" in October 2006.
  20. Kelly was a star pitcher in his high school in Ormond Beach, Florida. Through this, he went to Florida State University on scholarship basis. However, he was transferred to Belmont University later, where he began playing guitar and writing music. His inspiration was the Christian rock group Casting Crowns.
  21. Hubbard married Hayley Stommel, his longtime girlfriend on July 1, 2015. He reportedly proposed to his fiance while riding in a helicopter.
  22. Hubbard and Kelly met through a campus worship group in the year 2008 in Belmont University. Following graduation, they moved in together and began taking several odd jobs to pay bills, while playing clubs during the weekends.
  23. During every show, Hubbard follows a particular ritual - a before-show drink. However, the drink is not any kind of alcohol or beer, but just hot tea. When asked about it, there was not any specific explanation behind this ritual.
  24. During their concerts in Wisconsin and Iowa, FGL banned law enforcement from being backstage before, during and after the show in July 2016. This led to many outraged fans claiming them to anti-police. However, when they asked for police escort to leave their concert later, they were denied by various agencies. This was purely a misunderstanding, for which Kelly called Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth and apologized.
  25. While writing the lyrics of their most famous "Cruise," the duo along with two other guys did not think it would go this big. Kelly was the only one who thought it would become famous and expected a million copies to be sold. However, he was laughed at, when he said the same aloud, at that time.
  26. Before Kelly and Hubbard decided on the name “Florida Georgia Line,” they contemplated on the name “Orange Peach,” representing the duo’s native states’s famous fruits.
  27. A Georgia car dealership gifted Kelley and Hubbard each with a brand new Chevy Silverado for their shoot out to the brand on their hit "Cruise."
  28. Kelley and Hubbard started their own artist development and music publishing company in the year 2015, named Tree Vibez Music. Since then, the duo have signed writer Jordan Schmidt, writer Jimmie Deeghan, and writer/artist Drew Castle.
  29. Hubbard, growing up in Monroe, Georgia, was a church worship leader. He in his teens, formed a hip-hop group named "Ingenious Circuit."
  30. In April 2013, their most popular single "Cruise," became the best-selling song by a country duo in digital history.
  31. Florida Georgia Line Net Worth: $50 million

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